Thank you for your patience and understanding during some unexpected twists at NPHS in the last couple of weeks! We have put your student’s safety first and work hard to avoid disruptions during the school day. Our maintenance staff is working to correct any issues in the building to provide a safe, working environment. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. I assure you that we are doing all that we can to rectify any disruptive situations at NPHS.
We are moving quickly through our 2nd quarter of the first semester. Huge shout out to the Sophomore Class for winning the Attendance Challenge the first quarter! We will continue to focus on attendance and academics by holding our students to high expectations. A reminder: students must have 90% attendance to attend our dances, including prom.
Thanks to all the parents/guardians who came to our Parent/Teacher Conferences. We appreciate your time and effort to meet with us. We had an excellent turnout.
As you may have noticed, construction is underway. The front of the building that was damaged by the storm is beginning to take shape, and the demolition in the East End has started. The East End will be our new CTE wing, which will be home to our CTE courses -- Art, Agriculture, and Robotics, to name a few. The (new) front is beginning to have the foundation poured, so it will be ready to begin building in the spring. Thank you for all of your patience with the changes in travel patterns and drop off/pick up. Our new bus loading and unloading system seems to be helping with traffic. We have a new parking lot open near the softball fields. This will be open during evening events at NPHS. Please take advantage of this new area.
Our seniors met with Jostens to discuss graduation needs. It’s never too early to begin thinking about commencement. Please remember that seniors must be passing all core classes on May 23, 2018 in order to participate in commencement ceremony on June 3, 2018. Our Guidance Department is working with our seniors to make sure that they have their “plans” in action for life beyond high school.
Please remind your students that we offer extra help in English, Math, and Science Monday through Thursday from 2:30-3:30. This is a great opportunity to find a quiet place to complete homework and receive extra help, if necessary. We appreciate the teachers who are willing to spend extra time with our students so that they may be successful. If you need help logging into the ParentPortal to check grades or assignments, please do not hesitate to call the office. Our iStudents and iCoaches would be happy to help you with the process.
Thank you to the senior and junior parents and guardians that encouraged their students to attend our ISTEP+/ECA English & Math Remediation sessions this month. These are a great review for the test, and it is part of the waiver process for graduation, if necessary. The State of Indiana is working on new Graduation Pathways that will begin with the Class of 2023 for new graduation requirements. Once these requirements are determined, we will share the information with you. Our juniors and seniors who have not passed the ISTEP+/ECA for English and Math will be retesting December 5th-8th. Testing will take place on the iPads; please make sure your student has his/her iPad charged and ready to go. We will be creating the best possible testing environment for your students.
Please continue to check out our NPHS website and Facebook! Our calendar is listed on our website page. Take time to check out the talents of our students in one of the many activities that go on at NPHS weekly! Enjoy a safe, restful Thanksgiving and, I’m thankful to be able to be a part of the NPHS community!